Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are demanding documents from Trump administration officials detailing their rationale for adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 census.
In a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossHouse panel, Commerce Department reach agreement on census documents China sanctions Wilbur Ross, others after US warns of doing business in Hong Kong DOJ won't prosecute Wilbur Ross after watchdog found he gave false testimony MORE and Acting Director of the Census Bureau Ron Jarmin on Wednesday, ranking member Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsFormer GOP congressional candidate Kimberly Klacik suing Candace Owens for defamation Former Cummings staffer unveils congressional bid McCarthy, GOP face a delicate dance on Jan. 6 committee MORE (D-Md.) and five other committee members requested documents before a briefing with the agencies on April 11.
The members specifically asked for all documents and communications relating to any concerns expressed by the Census Bureau about adding the question, and all analyses of the question’s potential impact on census results.
The Department of Commerce announced late last month it was granting a Department of Justice request to reinstate the question about citizenship status to the 2020 census to help enforce the Voting Rights Act.
Citizenship hasn’t been a question on the centennial data collection form since 1950.
The agency’s decision has been met with stark opposition from Democrats and civil rights groups, which argue a citizenship question will frighten people in immigrant communities away from responding to the census, resulting in an inaccurate count.
The administration is now facing multiple lawsuits challenging its decision.
Wednesday's letter was also signed by Democratic Reps. Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn MaloneyConservative group files ethics complaint over Ocasio-Cortez appearance at Met Gala Ocasio-Cortez defends attendance of Met Gala amid GOP uproar Maloney calls for equal rights for women with Met Gala gown MORE (N.Y.), Lacy ClayWilliam (Lacy) Lacy ClayCori Bush hits her stride by drawing on activist past Lobbying world Ex-Rep. Clay joins law and lobbying firm Pillsbury MORE (Mo.), Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyHow lawmakers aided the Afghan evacuation Overnight Defense & National Security — Congress begins Afghanistan grilling Connolly rips Wilson over 'you lie' during Blinken hearing MORE (Va.) and Jimmy GomezJimmy GomezEviction ruling puts new pressure on Congress 'The Squad' celebrates Biden eviction moratorium Democrats face daunting hurdles despite promising start MORE (Calif.) and Del. Eleanor Holmes NortonEleanor Holmes NortonOvernight Health Care — Democrats face setback on drug pricing Overnight Health Care — Biden defends push for vaccine mandates DC delegate issues tongue-in-cheek denial after zebras escape from nearby farm MORE (D-D.C.).